Abbey End developer still fighting for take-away plan

Developers investing millions into the revamped Abbey End site are still battling to get the outcome they want to achieve.

Grevayne Properties already has permission for a retail unit on the site but applied for planning permission earlier this year to change it from retail to a hot food take-away.

But the plans were rejected by Warwick District Council forcing Grevayne to submit an appeal to the Secretary of State.

Warwick District Council refused permission because planners felt the current proposal would ‘detrimentally affect the retail balance of this part of the shopping centre and that the retail use should be retained as planned’.

The area already has an Indian restaurant, Chinese restaurant, cafe, pizza take-away and a Subway sandwich outlet and town councillors want to see more shops to boost Abbey End.

During the development work, Grevayne has also been struggling to convince the council to grant permission to turn one of the outlets, also originally proposed and approved for retail, into a South African themed bar and restaurant instead.

The company has applied to change the use of one ground floor outlet from retail to a drinking establishment. If the plans are successful, the pub chain Barracuda may become part of the town.

At the time, Kenilworth Town Council objected to the plans on the grounds that the new development, at Abbey End North, was meant to improve shopping in the area as part of the town centre regeneration.

Coun Pauline Edwards said she was disappointed the application had been made.

She said: “I am very disappointed. We need to see more little shops in Kenilworth, otherwise it will just become all pubs and restaurants.”

Mr Lawton said: “We are aware of objections to the use and are trying to address these prior to releasing full details.”

The Abbey End north plans also include 24 new apartments.

Notice of the appeal to turn unit 3 into a hot food take-away instead of retail has been sent to nearby homes and businesses. Anyone who would like to make a comment on the appeal can do so, before July 18, by visiting:

www.planningportal.gov.pcs

or by writing to the planning inspectorate at Milverton House, Leamington.